My Favourite Podcasts

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Up until recently, I would always listen to music while trying to do anything considered productive. Music was the only thing that would work whenever I needed pure concentration but now, Wiz Khalifa and Eminem in my ear is so distracting I end up procrastinating just to listen to them. I can’t work in utter silence though and having the TV on is a no go (Come Dine with Me is just too good to ignore) so I decided to try out podcasts and haven’t looked back. Having someone speak about subjects I'm interested in usually helps me get on with whatever it is I’m doing. There are a few podcasts I always put on whenever I need to focus on something and I wanted to share those favourites with you. Open the podcast app on your phone, tablet or whatever else you’re using and get ready to do some subscribing!

At Home With... Podcast

At Home With… - At Home With… was the first podcast I subscribed to and I stumbled upon it by chance. I wanted a podcast but didn’t know what kind I was looking for so started searching through the top-rated podcasts. At Home With… jumped out at me as I recognised Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton from the thumbnail. I don’t typically follow their YouTube channels and blogs so had no idea they were even doing a podcast together but once I realised they had just released an episode with Lisa Eldridge, I was sucked in!

At Home With… is around 40 minutes of Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton chatting to some amazing people inside their homes. They discuss how the person being interviewed got started in their chosen career and what they’re up to today as well as describing a few rooms of their house. Guests include the aforementioned Lancome Creative Director and makeup artist extraordinaire Lisa Eldridge, Glamour Magazine Editor-in-Chief Jo Elvine, wellbeing guru Liz Earle, Cult Beauty founder Alexia Inge and a whole bunch of others. I really hope they do a second season of At Home With… as it’s such a great podcast.

Wellness with Liz Earle – Speaking of Liz Earle, listening to her episode of At Home With… made me search for her wellbeing magazine and of course, her own wellbeing podcast. Wellness with Liz Earle covers a broad variety of topics including menopause, gut health, kefir, juicing and staying safe in the sun. She’s also had guests such as the youngest winner of The Great British Bake-Off Martha Collison, Strategy and Policy Director for the Association’s Food for Life programme Joanna Lewis, Legology founder Kate Shepherd and business psychologist and founder of Department Store of the Mind Ruth Williams. Liz Earle is such a calm, chill lady and is so knowledgeable about a wide variety of subject matters to the point where you're going to want to learn about things you never even considered before.

The Savvy Painter with Antrese Wood podcast

Savvy Painter Podcast with Antrese Wood – I was getting ready to start a new painting when I discovered the Savvy Painter podcast. I wanted to hear from other artists about what it is they struggle with and how to maintain momentum when they’re frustrated with their work and Antrese Wood’s podcast was exactly what I needed. In the Savvy Painter podcast, Antrese speaks to a wide variety of artists about everything from being a self-taught artist to selling your art to artist’s block. There is such a huge selection of topics and so many episodes; I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of listening to the Savvy Painter podcast. Added bonus, it keeps me motivated whenever I do decide to pick up a pencil or paintbrush.

99% Invisible – Thanks to the recommendation of another blogger (I can’t remember who it was but thank you) I started listening to 99% Invisible and immediately fell in love with it. 99% Invisible is a podcast that focuses on design. The very first episode I listened to was called The Finnish Experiment and not only did I get to hear about something happening in Finland that I would be completely ignorant to if it wasn’t for this podcast, I also found a plethora of episodes covering other topics on things I’d never even heard of. You may look at the title of these episodes and think they’re going to be really dull but the way Roman Mars and his team present each episode is so intriguing you’ll be completely sucked in. Who’d have thought learning about the origin of the sports bra would be so interesting!

The Memory Palace podcast

The Memory Palace – 99% Invisible takes me to The Memory Palace now as I actually discovered the latter through the former. The Memory Palace focuses on points in history that you may or may not have heard about. The vast majority of episodes are no longer than 15 minutes but contain so much information regarding each subject matter that my brain is now full of knowledge I wouldn’t have accumulated so quickly if it wasn’t for The Memory Palace. Nate DiMeo is so poetic with his words and so softly spoken that I often find myself totally relaxing whenever I listen to an episode of The Memory Palace.

Southern Hollows – Finally, there’s Southern Hollows. This podcast focuses on historical events that took place in the south of America. I have a really strong interest in past racism in the US so hearing about things I’d probably never find without an abundance of research is really exciting for me; I’m really fun at parties, honest! Southern Hollows uploads around once a month so there isn’t a lot of episodes yet but the ones that are there are really interesting. If you’d rather not hear about lynchings and people tricking parents into giving up their children, I’d maybe give Southern Hollows a miss but if you are interested in past American atrocities, this podcast is for you.

So there you have my favourite podcasts and it turns out, I have more favourite ones than I originally thought. I don’t know if the fact my level of productivity decreases significantly without a podcast is disturbing or fascinating but so long as it keeps giving me an excuse to listen, I’m going to keep subscribing to podcasts. Actually, I think I might listen to one now as I finish off this post…

What are your favourite podcasts?

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